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Adopted on 11/07/2018
Reference: 
NAT/722-EESC-2018-00464
Plenary session: 
536 -
Jul 11, 2018 Jul 12, 2018

The circular economy monitoring framework draws upon and complements the existing Resource Efficiency Scoreboard and Raw Materials Scoreboard, which were developed in recent years by the Commission.

EESC opinion: Monitoring framework for the circular economy (communication)

Adopted on 27/09/2017
Reference: 
REX/495-EESC-2017

L’année 2017 sera décisive pour le partenariat entre l’Europe et l’Afrique. Dans un paysage mondial en mutation rapide, l’Afrique connaît de profonds changements économiques, politiques et sociaux, et l’importance qu’elle revêt pour les dimensions intérieure et extérieure de la sécurité et de la prospérité de l’Europe est de plus en plus évidente. L’Europe et l’Afrique ont tout à gagner d’un renforcement de leurs liens politiques et économiques, mais elles ont aussi beaucoup à perdre si elles n’agissent pas.

A new impetus for the Africa-EU Partnership (Communication)

Adopted on 13/03/2019
Reference: 
/-EESC-2019-00936
Plenary session: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

The EESC is a bridge between the EU and its citizens, through the diversity of its members, and as such would like to propose its ambitious vision for the future, with Europe becoming the global leader on sustainable development

Listening to the citizens of Europe for a sustainable future (Sibiu and beyond)

Ongoing (updated on 10/05/2019)
Reference: 
SC/51-EESC-2018-SC/051- Strategy for long-term EU greenhouse gas emissions reduction
Plenary session: 
544 -
Jun 19, 2019 Jun 20, 2019

Just a few days ahead of last December's climate summit COP24 in Poland, the European Commission published its long-term strategy "A clean planet for all" presenting its vision for achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 through a socially-fair transition in a cost-efficient manner. While the document does not contain any new policy proposals, it provides the direction of travel of EU climate and energy policy and frames what the EU considers as its long-term contribution to achieving the Paris Agreement temperature objectives in line with UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Information memo: Strategy for long-term EU greenhouse gas emissions reduction (Communication)

Adopted on 17/10/2018
Reference: 
SOC/597-EESC-2018-02962-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
538 -
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 18, 2018

The EESC welcomes the proposal for the ESF+ to improve merge funds and simplify procedures, but is critical of a financial cut in EU cohesion policy, and, as regards the ESF+, of the 6% decrease of the funding allocated to it. It calls for 30% of total resources for economic, social and territorial cohesion policies to be allocated to the ESF+ and for 30% of the ESF+ resources to be earmarked for social inclusion measures.

EESC opinion: European Social Fund+

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Follow-up to SOC/537 Tackling poverty and social exclusion

Adopted on 17/10/2018
Reference: 
ECO/475-EESC-2018-02936-00-00
Plenary session: 
538 -
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 18, 2018

The EESC agrees with the aims of the Council Recommendation and with some of its proposals. However, it expresses its disagreement with the proposal for the aggregate fiscal stance of the euro area to be neutral, as well as with the way that the recommendation on salaries is formulated.

 

EESC opinion: Euro area economic policy 2018 (additional opinion)

Adopted on 20/02/2019
Reference: 
SOC/584-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
541 -
Feb 20, 2019 Feb 21, 2019

The EESC launched the idea of a Framework Directive on a European Minimum Income already in 2013 (SOC/482). As the principle of minimum income was integrated in the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR), it was again supported twice by the EESC (SOC/542 and SOC/564). Applying the open method of coordination (OMC) as the only mechanism to reduce poverty continues to be insufficient to achieve the target set in the Europe 2020 Strategy. Introducing a binding European framework for a decent minimum income in Europe, enabling minimum income schemes in the Member States to be made "decent" (adequate) is a key European response to the serious and persistent problem of poverty in Europe.

EESC opinion: For a European Framework directive on a Minimum Income (own initiative opinion)

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